Just to make sure you know what’s cooking at the St Frances MTB Challenge

Published December 15, 2012 15:59

Source St Francis Village News

The weekend of 22 – 24 February will see the 2013 St Francis MTB Challenge, kicking off on Friday with a Day and Night Ride – an event no local and his colleagues should miss!! Saturday belongs to the kids when the fun MTB ride for all under 12 is also staged at Port St Francis. The main events (15km, 35km and 80km) will start and finish at St Francis Links on Sunday 24 February.

The first event, the Balobi Day Ride, is aimed at including the entire community into the annual challenge and is a relay team event. Regular cyclists are forming teams of three with their co-workers, challenging other teams to see who can start the most laps in 60 minutes. This should create huge fun and a nice vibe on Squid Square where the laps start and finish – we have the Balobi female team, two teams from the St Francis Links, the NSRI, Lynx Construction, Energia Health Studio and more! The day ride will be followed by an individual Night Ride between 19:30 and 20:30 where the challenge again is to see who can start the most laps within 60 minutes – will we see Luke Bester taking Andre Hugo on, showing off their recent experience gained and the xc nationals, or will it be brothers-in-law Grant Marais and Roland Peacock, or veteran builders Jean Hugo and Greg West?

The entry fee is R40 per person for the Day Ride an R60 per person for the Night Ride. The circular 5km MTB track includes shell grid, single track through fynbos, jeeptrack, grass, steps, a wooden walkway, and a short section over the harbour wall.

Registration will start at 16h30 at the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre, where Jo’s pizzas and other refreshments will be served. The children can play in the pool and on the square while the event is taking place.

On Saturday morning, 23 February, The Port Hole Kids Fun MTB Race (under 12’s) is a great introduction to MTB cycling in a safe environment. They will follow the same route as the night ride, and experienced junior riders will cycle with them (front, middle and back of the pack). This is the charity event and the entry fee of R20 will go to the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre at Port St Francis. The kids are welcome to stay and enjoy the monthly family fun fishing competition off the jetties between 10:00 and 14:00, swim in the pool or join the kids entertainment at the centre till it’s time for number collection and late registration at the Port Hole Restaurant.

As in previous years, the prestigious main event will start and finish at the St Francis Links on Sunday 24 February. The main race of the day is the 80km. The 80km will start at 08:00, the 35km at 08:15 and the 15km at 08:30, giving cyclists from afar the chance to get to St Francis without a rush. Prize giving will be at 12:00 at the St Francis Links Club House. The race will be started by Kouga Mayor Booi Koerat.

The first thee positions (male and female) in the main 80km event will receive prize money and great lucky draws from Thule and Custom Bikes are up for grabs. The entry fees are: R150 – 80km (non CSA members + day licence of R35), R100 – 35km (non CSA members + day licence of R35), R50 – 15km.

Online entries will be available till Thursday 21 February at 12:00 on the St Francis Sport website. Remember the numbers are limited due to the sensitivity of the area, and only 500 cyclists will be accepted for the two long races. The first 100 online entries will receive race t-shirts. This is a CSA sanctioned MTB race and CSA rules apply.

Late registration and number collection will be at The Port Hole Restaurant on Saturday 23 February between 14:00 and 18:00, or on Sunday from 06:30 to 07:45 at the St Francis Links. A R40 late entry fee applies. The pre-race pasta evening is at The Port Hole from 18:00 with live music and a good vibe.

The accommodation special can be booked through Coast and Country (042-294 1889) or further options via St Francis Tourism’s website, or golfing cyclists can book a round of golf at the St Francis Links on Saturday, as they have a great special available to our cyclists.

The event is organized by St Francis Sport Events in conjunction with the St Francis Cycling Club and St Francis Tourism.

This would not have been possible without our main sponsors, Balobi Processors, The Port Hole Building and Village Video, as well as co-sponsors Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants, Midas Earthcote, and St Francis Service Station.

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